What is your background, including your education and work experience?
I received my bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Davis, my master’s degree in counseling psychology from University of San Francisco, and my Doctorate of Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. I did my pre-doctoral internship with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, working in both male and female maximum security correctional institutions. I had the opportunity to participate in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training while on internship and look forward to continuing to utilize those skills.
I completed my post doctoral work with the Pacific Forensic Psychological Associates Sharper Future, a forensic practice working with state and federally mandated probation and parole offenders. We provided group and individual therapy primarily to sexual offenders and substance abuse patients. Subsequently, I became the Clinical Coordinator with Sharper Future, which provided me the opportunity to gain experience coordinating a treatment team and related clinic issues.
What inspired you to work as a psychologist in behavioral health?
Prior to going back to school, I was a special education high school teacher. I primarily worked in a district with an underserved population. Many of the students had significant behavioral problems and substance abuse related issues. I discovered my desire to work more closely with the families of adolescents, so I decided to change direction where I would have the chance to engage more directly with patient families and behavioral issues beyond the scope of the classroom.
What do you find most rewarding about your career?
I really enjoy witnessing positive change that occurs in clients during treatment. It is so rewarding to be part of the difficulty journey that clients embark on to create a life worth living for themselves. I enjoy helping them to develop that and create their goals for the future. I feel privileged to be a part of this journey for each and every client. Treatment really is a collaborative effort, and I am so thankful to be part of their treatment team!
What do you feel is most challenging in your line of work?
It is always challenging to find the best treatment for each individual. Everyone is so unique, so meeting that individuality in each person and finding the appropriate treatment that best meets their needs always provides a rewarding challenge.
What brought you to Sovereign Health?
I was looking for a change. I was ready to step out of the forensic world and ready to gain other experiences. I really enjoy working with young adults with behavioral and substance related issues, and wanted the opportunity to continue to work collaboratively. It seemed like a good move for me, and I am so looking forward to being a part of the team here at Sovereign Health.
What are you most excited about in your new position here at Sovereign Health?
I am excited about the opportunity to liaison between the staff here, patients, and their families. I look forward to having the opportunity to assist in conflict resolution and taking an active role in client treatment.
What do you hope to achieve or gain with your time here?
The opportunity to work in this company presents a unique chance for me to learn from some of the best in the field. I look forward to working with knowledgeable staff, and equipping myself with further skills. Additionally, I believe we can learn something from every client we work with and vice versa; I intend to do just that, and I hope my clients will join me on that endeavor.